Greek students of all grades through university are joining protests globally on Friday on behalf of the planet, in a campaign inspired by a young Swedish student in August 2018 now known as the Climatestrike initiative.
In Greece students will rally for climate change at 12:00 at Syntagma on Friday (March 15), with similar events held at the same time in Thessaloniki’s Aristotelous Square, on Crete at Limni Voulismeni and in Alexandroupoli at Anexartisias Square.
Climatestrike is an international student movement prompting students globally to express their concern over climate change by abstaining from classes and by participating in peaceful student marches to pressure officials for take a more active and urgent role in protecting the environment.
The movement began in August 2018 when Greta Thunberg, 15, held a sitting protest before the Swedish parliament in Stockholm for three weeks, to condemn the lack of action by the government. On September 8, she decided to abstain from classes every Friday until Swedish authorities adopt a plan preventing environmental destruction. Greta’s action inspired students globally to organise their own actions under the hash tags #FridaysForFuture και #Climatestrike.
Speaking to Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Irene, 18, said that “while our planet is on the brink of environmental collapse over which we have been warned for years, we continue to do nothing – that is sad.” The movement, she said, “wants to attract the attention of governments and to activate the rest of the people to do something.”
“We hope that some officials may be moved by this event and they start feeling the need for a conscientious effort so we have a future in this world,” she concluded.
For more information on the movement and its goals, the following sites are available: www.climatestrike.net & www.fridaysforfuture.org